Germany: Beansprouts Caused E. Coli
Outbreak traced to one farm, recall issued
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2011 12:35 PM CDT
Tomatoes and cucumbers from Holland are displayed for sale at a market in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 3, 2011.   (Michael Sohn)
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(Newser) – Locally grown beansprouts are the likely cause for Germany's E. coli outbreak, which has killed 22 people and sickened hundreds. Lower Saxony Agriculture Minister Gert Lindemann says definitive results will be available tomorrow, but that sprouts from a farm in the greater Uelzen area between Hamburg and Hannover could be traced to infected people in five different German states. Lindemann says the farm was shut down today and all of its produce was recalled. He also urged Germans to not eat sprouts until further notice.